Through the Flower (Judy Chicago)
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Artist, feminist, and writer Judy Chicago was born Judy Cohen in Chicago, Illinois. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received her M.F.A. degree in 1964. Earning considerable recognition for her minimalist sculptures in an exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1967), she also had a one-woman show at California State University at Fullerton (1970). Increasingly sensitive to the need for an environment in which women artists could express themselves freely without regard to the male-dominated art world, Chicago pioneered feminist art education programs at California State University at Fresno (1969-1971) and at the California Institute of the Arts (1971-1973), where she and artist Miriam Shapiro directed an installation called Womanhouse (1971). In 1973 she organized the Feminist Studio Workshop, the first independent feminist art education program in the country.
Chicago is best known for The Dinner Party, a multi-media installation honoring the achievements of women in Western civilization. Executed between 1974 and 1979 with the participation of hundreds of volunteers, The Dinner Party was viewed by approximately one million people in exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad between 1979 and 1988. Its significance was underscored by a 1996 exhibition of the work at UCLA's Armand Hammer Museum, and the publication of Sexual Politics: Judy Chicago's Dinner Party in Feminist Art History (1996).
Committed to using art as a vehicle for intellectual and social change, Chicago created The Birth Project (1982), a series of birth and creation images for needlework executed by skilled stitchers around the country, and the Holocaust Project (1994) in collaboration with her husband, photographer Donald Woodman. A frequent lecturer, she is the author of Through the Flower: My Struggle as a Woman Artist (1975), Beyond the Flower: The Autobiography of a Feminist Artist (1996), and a number of books on her work.
APAArthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.(n.d.). Through the Flower (Judy Chicago). Retrieved May 23, 2015 from Harvard University Library Web Archive Collection Service: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:RAD.SCHL.WAX:4741038
ChicagoArthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Through the Flower (Judy Chicago). SL Sites: Archived Websites from Schlesinger Library Collections. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:RAD.SCHL.WAX:4741038. (accessed May 23, 2015).
MLAArthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. "Through the Flower (Judy Chicago)." n.d.. Harvard University Library Web Archive Collection Service. 23 May 2015 . <http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:RAD.SCHL.WAX:4741038>.